TRIBUTE TO CIRCUITO GUADALOPE
From this page we want to pay tribute to the old urban circuit of Alcañiz, Circuito Guadalope, on the 30th anniversary of the celebration of its last competition.
Long live the races!
THIS URBAN CIRCUIT, FOR ALMOST 40 YEARS, HAS BEEN AN UNMISSABLE APPOINTMENT WITH THE MOTOR WORLD
The Guadalope Circuit was an urban speed circuit located in the city of Alcañiz, region of Aragon, in Spain. It was active from 1965 to 2003.
It was the dream of Dr. Joaquín Repollés, who managed to launch this project and make Alcañiz an unmissable event for almost 40 years, in which many automobile competitions were held.
Among them: the Spanish Touring Car Championship, the FADA Trophy (Aragonese Automobile Federation), single-brand cups, such as the Renault Cup, Volkswagen Cup or Citröen Cup among others.
From this page we want to share other links where you can learn more about the Guadalope de Alcañiz Circuit, its creation, the competitions held, what the circuit was like…
Here’s a little history…
The beginnings of the Alcañiz urban circuit.
1965 was the starting signal for the Ciudad de Alcañiz Award. Doctor Joaquín Repolles, originally from Zaragoza but resident in Alcañiz, and a great motor lover, devised a car test around the streets that surrounded the city center. The main access roads to the urban center were linked to each other by different roads, but these did not run through the urban area itself, so their morphology did not follow the current pattern of urban layouts full of right and repetitive angles.
The Alcañiz urban circuit ran alongside a river, the Guadalope, which it crossed twice. It crossed the gap from the river to the upper part of the city, and went back down to the riverside again, so the Guadalope Circuit was, and is, a range of ups and downs with fast, slow, linked curves. or even as closed as the famous “Funnel”, the first curve of the circuit.
From the beginning of its history, this circuit was where the highest average speeds of the championships that visited it were achieved, and perhaps that pure speed, which was part of its charm, was also its main drawback for others.
Decades later, increasingly demanding security measures began to limit the activity of the urban layout, until the last test was held in 2003.
But the mark left by “the Alcañiz races” in Bajo Aragón could see its continuity with the birth of the international Motorland Aragón project, which beyond comprising sports and leisure activities, has established itself as a reference technological space for manufacturers and equipment of the highest level, thanks to the high technical and safety level of its slopes and the particularity of its Technology Park.
THE CIRCUIT RUN THROUGH THE URBAN CENTER OF THE CITY OF ALCAÑIZ, LOCATED IN OUR REGION
WALKING ACROSS GUADALOPE RIVER
On Accelerator website there is a very interesting article in which the layout of the circuit is described in detail, curve by curve (in Spanish).
FACEBOOK PAGE OF “JUVENTUDES DEL CIRCUITO GUADALOPE”
On the Guadalope Circuit Youth Facebook page you will find a multitude of photographs of all the competitions held, especially old photos that will transport you to the most mythical and remembered years of the circuit, as well as comments from drivers and spectators (in Spanish).
THIS IS WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO RUN ON THE GUADALOPE CIRCUIT
With the help of Retroracing.es we will know what it was like to race around the circuit, inquiring about the challenge that racing on this urban circuit posed for the drivers.
RAC CIRCUITO GUADALOPE WEBSITE
The Real Automobile Club Circuito Guadalope began its journey by organizing the Grand Prix of Speed of the City of Alcañiz and once the urban circuit ended, it has continued organizing tests. On their website you can see the competitions they organize as well as some history of the old urban circuit (in Spanish).
HISTORY AND WINNERS OF THE GUADALOPE CIRCUIT
TONY GOMIS ON THE ALCAÑIZ RACES. RENAULT 8 GORDINI
WHAT WIKIPEDIA SAYS…
El Circuito Guadalope fue un circuito urbano de carreras situado en la localidad de Alcañiz, en la provincia de Teruel (España), que contaba con un trazado de 3900 metros. Tomó su nombre del río Guadalope que rodea la ciudad de Alcañiz. En él se organizó entre los años 1965 y 2003 el premio Ciudad de Alcañiz, con excepción de los años 1980, 1981 y 1998. El principal impulsor de las carreras fue el doctor Joaquín Repollés (1913-1984), fundador de la entidad organizadora de la prueba a partir del año 1966, el Real Automóvil Club Circuito de Guadalope.1
FROM CIRCUITO GUADALOPE TO MOTORLAND
How, after the end of the urban circuit, the creation of a great motor city, called Motorland, was born in Alcañiz.